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MARY B. PASCIAK


Students would no longer be suspended for cutting classes, violating the dress code, loitering in the hall or using their cellphones in school, under proposed changes to the Buffalo Public Schools' code of conduct.The proposed changes would take effect in 2013-14 if the School Board approves them in June.Parents, students, teachers and others are invited to share their tho…

About 20 people attended the public hearing Tuesday at McKinley High School about proposed changes to the Buffalo Public Schools' code of conduct, which establishes how the schools respond to student misbehavior.Many of those who attended seemed to agree with district administrators that the revisions are on the right track by taking a more compassionate tone, trying to ad…

Students would no longer be suspended for cutting classes, violating the dress code, loitering in the hall or using their cellphones in school, under proposed changes to the Buffalo Public Schools' code of conduct.The proposed changes would take effect in 2013-14 if the School Board approves them in June.Parents, students, teachers and others are invited to share their tho…

A social studies teacher at Riverside Institute of Technology was kicked in the head Wednesday afternoon while he was helping to restrain a student who had thrown a steel chair at her boyfriend.When police came, they found a knife with a 10-inch blade on the teenage girl.Earlier in the day, a teacher at Dr. Charles Drew Science Magnet Early Childhood Center suffered a conc…

At least four principals will have to be moved out of low-performing schools next year as a result of the school reform model the School Board approved Wednesday night for several schools.Some of those principals have complained to board members, threatening to pursue legal action to block their transfers."The principals are very concerned about their future," said Jason M…

Interpreters translated Tuesday night's Parent Assembly meeting into half a dozen languages, including Somali, Arabic and Spanish.School buses provided free transportation to parents from points in each quadrant of the city, to make it easier to get to the meeting at Performing Arts on Masten Avenue.Cheese and crackers, tuna wraps, cookies and beverages were available free…

Plans to turn East High and Waterfront Elementary into charter schools have been withdrawn, authors of the plans said Monday.The group proposing the charters received feedback from the state Education Department last week indicating that the applications would not be approved."I know what we presented here is a long shot. It's the nuclear option," attorney Steven Polowitz …

Pastors of several of Buffalo's largest African-American churches are joining with parent leader Samuel L. Radford III in calling on the superintendent to close the city's 44 low-performing schools in June and reopen them as district charter schools.By the end of February, Radford hopes to have 5,000 signatures to present to the School Board, demanding the conversion of ab…

Eight more low-performing Buffalo schools will be submitting improvement plans in January using the least-dramatic of four federal models, district officials told the School Board on Wednesday.One other low-performing school will submit an application that involves hiring an outside group to run it.The improvement plans for those nine schools are in addition to plans that …

An appeals court has set April 1 as the date it will hear the Buffalo Public Schools' appeal of the teacher transfer case, and unless the teachers union and district officials radically change their stances, city schools will lose $33.4 million in state aid.The union since late September has refused to negotiate on teacher evaluations until the district drops its court fig…

Superintendent Pamela C. Brown on Wednesday renewed her call for Buffalo Teachers Federation President Philip Rumore to return to the negotiating table to reach an agreement on teacher evaluations.The district has already lost millions of dollars in various types of aid because of the lack of an evaluation plan, she said, and it stands to lose tens of millions more if a pl…

The Buffalo News filed a lawsuit Monday in State Supreme Court seeking an investigator's report about a fired Buffalo Public Schools administrator who oversaw the district's $100 million grants budget.The school district has refused to release the lengthy report about the assistant superintendent, Debbie Buckley, who was fired shortly after the School Board received the re…

SYRACUSE – Ask the kids in Room 202 in McKinley-Brighton Elementary School what class they're in, and they'll holler the answer with all the enthusiasm their 8-year-old lungs can muster – which is quite a bit."2026!" they shout, referring to the year they expect to graduate from college.Yes, they're in third grade, but Tyranesha and Aaron and Treasure and their two dozen o…

A small, well-financed group of reformers approached Buffalo school officials more than a year ago, offering the district something that seemed almost too good to be true: a promise to pay the tuition of every city high school graduate who went to college – and millions of dollars for tutoring, after-school programs and ?other help to get them there.All the district had to…

A few parents from Waterfront Elementary School were among the dozen or so people who attended an informational session Tuesday evening about a proposal to turn Waterfront and East High into charter schools.Some of them said they support the charter plans; some said they don't.Mostly, though, the parents just wanted answers. They had been hearing various stories about what…